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Basic Sanitation In Emergencies

If the power or water is shut off in an emergency we have our 72 hour kits and emergency supplies all ready to go, right?

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What about sanitation?

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Are you planning your emergency bathroom situation while you are putting together  your preparedness plans?

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All that food and water will need somewhere to exit. Let’s make sure all that planning doesn’t go down the toilet so to speak if you have left out this vital emergency strategy. Waste disposal systems and supply items should be in your list of equipment.

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Toilet with flush water tank

Toilet with flush water tank (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For The Shelter At Home Toilet

An in house toilet will need water so it can flush solid materials so stock extra gallons specifically for this task. This water need not be sterilized. Water right out of the tap previously set aside for use in the toilet area is fine. I would recommend you mark these jugs for toilet use ONLY on the container. I have saved sports drink bottles for just this purpose. They are stacked in a closet near my bath area.

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For A Bug Out Toilet

Shovel types

Shovel types (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are in a bug out situation you may fashion a similar toilet area somewhere outside your living arrangement area.

The supplies for this are fairly simple. You need a shovel to dig a hole deep enough to hold waste. Make sure you have lime for the deposits that are left behind and a privacy screen so that you can do your duty without everyone in your camp seeing you at work.

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Chemical Toilets

The items for a  chemical toilet should also be on your list of emergency goods. It is a 5 gallon bucket and a trash bag with some bleach. This is a great way to have ready-made toilet in emergencies. A gallon of water with 2 cups of bleach I believe is a standard mix. I would recommend setting aside about 2 gallons of bleach, one box or more of heavy-duty trash bags, and at least 10 gallons or more water for this sanitizing method. If you live in an area that is prone to major natural disasters, the more supply you have — the better!

There are ready-made kits available and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have a couple of different options.

I realize you can’t carry all of this stuff with you but here is a bit of advice. Make sure you have several packs ready to go that contain ONLY sanitation systems and in specific bags. Put a pack together that is just for a latrine. Create another that is just chemical toilet. In the event you do have to bug out you don’t have to dig through your gear to set this up quickly. You will need to set up this area immediately when you can get settled.

Related pages /articles:

How to create an emergency toilet

 

(More soon! I’m on a crappy schedule at the moment and that’s what inspired this little post! — Thanks for the visit!)

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I am a survivor. Not of catastrophe, but of choices and incidents that have occurred in my life.  These methods and explanations here come from life changing events that have brought me to the reasoning of Survival Recovery.

In the events of 911, my desire for preparedness was fueled by the fear I felt connected to so many in that awful day. I will add my journal notes from that event in time. That day, I dug and planted my first tomato plants.

I had grown up in a community that practiced these techniques and until this time I had not fully understood the practicality of applying them.

Over a course of time I had proceeded to plant and dig a garden to cope with the news casts and the terrible sadness surrounding this tragedy. I eventually will include the notes from that garden and how it helped me in a healing process and the understanding that came to me of the need to prepare and the idea that set forth certain actions and skill seeking.

We are in a turbulent society and an uncertain set of climate changes here on Mother Earth. It is my belief that not war but nature will be wrecking homes and lives more and more in each storm season that arrives.

Living in a hurricane zone showed me how precious our lives are. I was in Florida the day Andrew tore up our coastal side and devastated Homestead. I saw the damage dealt to Charleston, SC when Hurricane Hugo blew through that part of the country. These things are the some of the realities for preparedness!

Lives cannot be replaced but homes and goods can. By sticking to the belief that one can overcome the crisis they will face by preparing to do so, Survival Recovery becomes a way of life.

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